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SKYMTL January 25, 2012 09:36 PM

Fractal Design Define XL Review Comment Thread
The newest member of Fractal Design's Define family is the aptly named XL, a full tower enclosure that incorporates a number of innovative features at a great price. With Fractal's history of forward thinking mentality, there's a lot to like about this new case.

Read more here: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...xl-review.html

Silent_Avenger January 25, 2012 10:08 PM

I kinda expected more from a $149 case but I guess that's just me.

Arbie January 27, 2012 01:08 PM

Video reviews are generally useless
Video how-to guides can be very good. A video clip showing something that can't be explained is good.

But a video review of a computer case - or almost any computer hardware not involving a GUI - is nearly useless. I'm shopping for a case but:

#) I have no time to sit and watch a review.
#) I don't need video to understand case issues.
#) I can't save any information from the review.
#) I can't search within the review.

Ultimately, there is no take-away except what I might remember. That translates into a complete waste of time.

I've been away for a while, but I *thought* you guys did written reviews. I'll have to do my research elsewhere this time around, which is too bad.

Silent_Avenger January 27, 2012 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by Arbie (Post 595472)
Ultimately, there is no take-away except what I might remember. That translates into a complete waste of time.

Umm as far as I know a case doesn't have a billion things to remember about it like a motherboard or cpu or video card. I see videos on those hard to remember but cases?

Agafaba January 27, 2012 01:55 PM

What you really want is a list at the bottom of that video. Personally I like videos better for cases, its a lot easier to see some of those features then to try to guess how it works from a picture or 2.

Considering comparisons though, it would be nice to have summarized list of the pros/cons from the video. You could make one yourself quite easily though.

Arbie January 27, 2012 04:54 PM

More on review format
Your site's traffic meters should tell you whether or not the video reviews are helping.

If they aren't, then you have my ideas on why not.

If they are, then (as suggested) consider adding a list of bullet-item pros and cons, and major specs. Something people can Ctl-V and keep for reference. That won't take much space or compromise the format, and will help even more.

I'd stop by for that, but can't spend time on what you're putting up now unless I had already decided on the component. Then I might value some final visual input - if I remember to hunt it down again. But video is way too inefficient for research.

goldry January 28, 2012 03:13 PM

Great review. :thumb:
But I expected more from this case.

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